Member Q&A - Onewhero West

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Onewhero WestThis month we profile Onewhero West, A Passport Officer at the Department of Internal Affairs.

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What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?

DIA, Passport Officer - As a Passport Officer I have to examine and verify data, documentary evidence and photos of the applicants, I make entitlement decisions on passport applications based on the information received and through the use and interpretation of policy and procedures.

What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?

No highlight at this stage as I have just got back from Christmas holidays.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

Examining and verifying data and document evidence correctly.

What brought you to join the PSA and the PSA Youth network?

To express any work issues openly and to network with new people, also because my father is unionized to the MAX.

Name some things you like about the PSA Youth network:

I loved the PSA Youth conference (first one I went to in 2013) and I have meet some awesome lifelong friends and also discussing issues and employment related topics with people around the same age as me.

What is your vision for youth in the PSA?

To keep growing stronger together.

What else do you like to do with your time?

Performing, I grew up doing a lot of musical theater as a kid so singing is a huge passion of mine.

What are your three favourite foods?

Boil Up, Salmon and cream cheese sushi, KFC - All fat food hahahahaha.

What are your three loves?

Singing, Fashion, The Kardashians (I know I know it’s a guilty pleasure).

What are your three pet peeves?

Spitting, Bad breath, Twerking

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Believe in who you are.  Life is a wonderful gift, accept it, embrace it.  It starts with a new day, wake up and greet it.  It can be a challenge, take it on and meet it. 

Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you PSA for all your hard work.